The 5 Greatest Pork Buns in New York

Categories: My 5 Favorite

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Pork belly buns are almost a delicacy here, but in Asia, gua bao are the equivalent of hamburgers -- cheap, easy to make, and unequivocally delicious.

I ate my fill of the street-food snack in Taiwan over the summer, and I was shocked at how large they are. The buns were the sizes of small coin wallets, and the juicy pork belly sat marinating in brine alongside pickled vegetables, a tub of hoisin sauce, cilantro, and crushed peanuts. Since I got back home, I've been scouring the city for the best gua baos.

Here are my five favorites:

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Clarissa Wei
5. BaoHaus
Eddie Huang's BaoHaus is a great drunk-food establishment near Union Square. Although the portions are a bit small, BaoHaus has become synonymous with the gua bao obsession. What you're looking for is the Chairman Bao: a gua bao stuffed with pork, crushed peanuts, cilantro, pickled mustard relish, and Taiwanese red sugar. 238 East 14th Street, 646-669-8889


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Clarissa Wei
4. Jum Mum
Jum Mum is a relatively new steamed-bun contender. Owned by the same people who manage Spot Dessert Bar a few doors down, Jum Mum gives you three large, generously filled buns for $6. Look for the Emperor Bun filled with pork belly, a couple pieces of shredded lettuce, and cilantro paired with a tangy hoisin sauce. 5 St. Marks Place, 212 673-6745



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Clarissa Wei
3. Rai Rai Ken
Rai Rai Ken might be known for its affordable ramen, but the gua bao is most definitely a standout. First of all, it's $7.50 for two carefully assembled beauties: Your standard steamed bun, a nicely cooked pork belly, some crunchy cucumbers, lettuce, and mayonnaise. They also throw in a side of chile sauce for those craving an extra kick. 218 East 10th Street, 212-477-7030

Location Info

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BaoHaus 2

238 E. 14th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Jum Mum

5 St Marks Place, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Rai Rai Ken

214 E. 10th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Hakata Ippudo

65 Fourth Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Momofuku Noodle Bar

171 First Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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19 comments
TDaneNYC
TDaneNYC

@Corcoran_Group @bradInman @LauraMonroe Def must try all

NerosLyre
NerosLyre

@mariacelis @ForkintheRoadVV EEE! Thank you!

parth
parth

Wong has pretty good ones

southp4w
southp4w

@notbriang516 im drooling. Tough battle between #1 and #2. Stop by @ippudony for theirs if u haven't

hillaryxcore
hillaryxcore

@OMG_Dj_Judy BaoHaus and Ippudo fer sure! :) Porkbelly buns are so yummy!

CyberBird
CyberBird

@OMG_Dj_Judy Oh man I need these.

kymalino
kymalino

@rachelfairbanks Ohhhhhhhhh SNAP! I have had two from that list thus far -- Let's explore!

_TEB_
_TEB_

@CorcoranNYC @villagevoice different type of 'pork buns' but the porchetta from Porchetta NYC @ 110 East 7th Street is excellent!

zeehartmann
zeehartmann

@villagevoice Fatal flaw: left out @chukobkny

cinemaparker
cinemaparker

@villagevoice Me and my wife called our older son 'porkbun' when he was born! These look fantastic.

z-b-s
z-b-s

Don't know about the rest of their shtick, but the buns by the Hong Kong Street Cart are even better than Mfku's.

MissINTJ
MissINTJ

@UnitedFrontGame @sleepingdogs1 "A man who doesn't eat pork buns is never a whole man."

CorcoranNYC
CorcoranNYC

@_TEB_ I'll have to remember this next time I'm in East Village at lunchtime

_TEB_
_TEB_

@CorcoranNYC well worth remembering! You can thank me later ;)

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